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William Otter- Street Scholar

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William Otter- Street Scholar
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.61

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    persecution, quitter, seafaring, teens, outlet, probation, education, responsibility, shortly, shoemaker, nighttime, provided, teaching, adventurous, settled, ethnic
     content words:    William Otter, United States, New York City, As William, New York, John Paxton, William Howard, By Thursday, Kenweth King, My Own Times


William Otter- Street Scholar
By Jane Runyon
  

1     William Otter came to live in the United States in a different way from most. He didn't come here with his family. He wasn't trying to escape religious persecution. William Otter was born in England. As a young boy, he was coerced into joining the British navy. He soon found that this was not the adventurous life he had imagined. He jumped ship while docked in New York City in 1831. He ran as far away from the seafaring life he had known as he could. His family joined him in America shortly after.
 
2     As William approached his middle teens, his father asked the same question many fathers of today might ask. "When are you going to get a job?" William's father felt that it would take a good lesson in responsibility for William to grow up and be a good citizen. As William put the search for a job off, his father's question became more of a demand.
 
3     William and his father finally searched through the streets of New York. They were looking for a place that William could start an apprenticeship. It was the tradition in those days to work for an expert in a certain trade for several years. During this apprenticeship, the young man would learn all he could about the trade. When the years of apprenticeship were complete, the young man would have the skills he needed to start his own business.

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Children in History
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United States
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    American Government  
 
    Black History and Blacks in U.S. History  
 
    Children in History  
 
    Government Careers  
 
    Hispanic Heritage  
 
    How Can I Help?  
 
 
    Immigration  
 
    National Parks and Monuments  
 
    Native Americans  
 
    Presidents of the United States  
 
    Women's History  
 


United States History
    A Nation Divided
(1840-1861)
 
 
    A New Nation
(1776-1830)
 
 
    After the Civil War
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    American Revolution  
 
    Cold War
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    Colonial America (1492-1776)  
 
    Lewis and Clark
(1804-1806)
 
 
    Pearl Harbor  
 
    Spanish American War (1898)  
 
    The 1890's  
 
    The 1900's  
 
    The 1910's  
 
    The 1920's  
 
    The 1930's  
 
 
    The 1940's  
 
    The 1950's  
 
    The 1960's  
 
    The 1970's  
 
    The 1980's  
 
    The 1990's  
 
    The 2000's  
 
    The Civil War
(1861-1865)
 
 
    The Great Depression
(1929-1945)
 
 
    The United States Grows
(1865-1900)
 
 
    The War of 1812  
 
    Wild, Wild West  
 
    World War I
(1914-1918)
 
 
    World War II  
 


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